I’ll shut you up for good‚ boxer Ler­ena threat­ens

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - Sport - Bon­gani Ma­gasela

It has taken more than a decade for SA to pro­duce its own box­ing Nostradamus whose name is ba­si­cally syn­ony­mous with pre­dict­ing the fu­ture.

The last lo­cal pugilist to do that was Si­mon “Tsipa” Skosana.

The lit­tle war­rior from Springs on the East Rand al­ways pre­dicted that he would be done with his op­po­nents in the sev­enth round and he duly de­liv­ered.

Even Bernardo Pi­nago from Venezuela – who was as­sisted by the big cut that blocked Skosana's view to re­tain his WBA ban­tamweight ti­tle by a knock­out in the 15th round at In­door Cen­tre in Springs in 1986 – vis­ited slum­ber­land in round seven.

Skosana died on Septem­ber 14 2009.

It has taken SA nearly 10 years to pro­duce an­other Nostradamus – reign­ing IBO cruis­er­weight cham­pion Kevin “Two Guns” Ler­ena.

The burly left-han­der, whose skills are honed by for­mer heavy­weight pro­fes­sional boxer Peter “The Sniper” Smith, is a one-man mar­keter and has slot­ted per­fectly into a world where so­cial me­dia and brand­ing have be­come ubiq­ui­tous.

What is more‚ Ler­ena can fight‚ blend­ing his al­pha male per­son­al­ity with his power.

The 25-year-old for­mer SA‚ WBC Youth and WBA Pan African cham­pion – who was able to avenge his only loss to a South African‚ Johnny “The Hur­ri­cane” Muller – has told Thomas “Tommy Gun” Oosthuizen in no un­cer­tain terms that he will beat the hell out of him when they meet in the square ring in 2019.

“I’m gonna shut you up for good‚” he said on Thurs­day.

There have been talks that ei­ther Oosthuizen or Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu will chal­lenge Ler­ena.

But the match-up be­tween Mchunu and Ler­ena can­not hap­pen be­cause Mchunu‚ from Cato Ridge near Pi­eter­mar­itzburg‚ is trained in Jo­han­nes­burg by Smith’s younger brother, Sean.

So clearly the man to face Ler­ena early next year is Oosthuizen. Their ca­reers are guided by pro­moter Rod­ney Ber­man.

“From my side you got the fight‚” Ler­ena said. “I’m a man of my word. I made a prom­ise to this guy [Oosthuizen] that I’ll give him that money shot that he needs in June 2019.

“I’ll have my come­back fight in March then I will fight this fool in June‚ so from my side it’s on,” he said. “It will be the high­est-earn­ing fight be­tween two South Africans for the IBO world ti­tle.”

Ler­ena pre­dicted vic­tory against Oosthuizen but just could not say in which round – a skill that made Muham­mad “Louisville Lip” Ali the first box­ing Nostradamus.

Ali could cor­rectly pre­dict the round of vic­tory – there was a run of seven times out of eight where he got it right.

And when‚ in Fe­bru­ary 1962‚ he stopped Don Warner in four rather than the five rounds fore­cast‚ he claimed he had fin­ished the fight early be­cause Warner had not shaken hands.

The 25-year-old Ler­ena has told ‘Tommy Gun’ Oosthuizen in no un­cer­tain terms that he will beat the hell out of him in 2019

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